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Local Attractions

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors.  There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.

Sherwood Pines visitor centre can be accessed by  a short cycle or walk through the forest from Deerdale Lodge

Clumber Park offers freedom to discover a ducal park & provides a haven for wildlife within glimpses of its grand past. With 3,800 acres of picturesque parkland, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake to enjoy there is plenty of space to explore and relax with your family and friends.

Don't forget to visit the Walled Kitchen Garden, the Cathedral in miniature and our new Discovery Centre which was opened in 2011.

The Major Oak is located a 10-15 minute walk through the woods from Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre near the village of Edwinstowe. According to local lore, its hollow trunk was used as a hideout by Robin Hood’s men, though if Robin was – as legend suggests – active in the 12th or 13th century, this tree could only have been a sapling then. So it must have been another, much older oak that hid the outlaw.

Thoresby Park has been owned by the Pierrepont family since 1600.  The family takes a full and active part in the management of the many enterprises, which keep Thoresby well maintained, enabling it to survive for the next generation.

The park was laid out in the 17th century in a formal, geometric, Jacobean style.  This was subsequently softened and rounded on the advice of Capability Brown, then Humphrey Repton and Nesbit, all of whom we must thank for most of the mature landscape that we now enjoy.

Rufford Abbey sits in 150 acres of historic parkland, woodland and gardens in the North Nottinghamshire area known as the Dukeries.

This varied park includes the ruins of a medieval monastery, a contemporary craft centre, gardens, woodland walks, children's play village, sculpture trail, and a lake. We have lots of special events too.

Bring the family for a relaxing and inexpensive day out.

Said by many to be the best kept secret among the forty-two English cathedrals, it is a gem. The Cathedral and Parish Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary is popularly known, as it has been for centuries, as ‘Southwell Minster’. Although Christian worship has taken place on this site for over 1000 years, the present Romanesque building celebrated its commence­ment, 900 years ago, in 2008.

We are located on part of the former World War Two airfield of Winthorpe in eastern Nottinghamshire close to the border with Lincolnshire. Very little remains of the original wartime buildings and what remains of the original runways are no longer fit for use. Our diverse collection of aircraft and cockpit sections covers the history of aviation; the aircraft on display include 13 National Benchmark aircraft; 34 Significant aircraft and 21 Noteworthy aircraft as listed in the National Aviation Heritage Register.

At our lovely Tea Room you can taste our delicious flour in a variety of baked goodies. We cook and bake everything for our Tea Room using our own flour, local produce (when possible), and other finest ingredients.
You can enjoy; Filled Rolls - baked freshly everyday, Genuine Home-made hearty soup, Jacket potatoes, Miller's Lunch - like a ploughman's, but... better!, Quiche served with our own potato salad, Selection of cakes - each of them have their own following, Cream Teas - humbly have become quite famous, Toasted Tea Cakes - you haven't tasted teacakes like these before.

For 20 years we’ve been entertaining millions of kids and adults, giving them the chance to get up close to thousands of friendly animals, like chicks, llamas, rabbits, cows and pigs.
The farm’s open every day of the year (Apart from Christmas Day!) and with lots to do, rain or shine, it’s perfect for family days out, school trips and birthday parties. As well as meeting the animals, you can zoom around on go-karts, catch a seasonal show, do a little shopping or even pick up a new pet!

Large under-cover shopping centre with large variety of shops and restaurants as well as a cinema and ample free parking (40 minutes drive)

The Paintball Jungle is set in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Mansfield. Our venue is the largest paintball site in Nottinghamshire and also offers a range of other activities such as 4x4 driving, archery, go karting, quad biking and much more.

We offer a very wide range of Paintball game scenarios and different pricing options. All of our day packages include food and refreshments to keep you charged with energy!

Located within 1 mile of Deerdale Lodge

Newark Castle

Newark was established as a town by King Edward the Elder during the early 10th century. Its strategic
location at the intersection of the Great North Road, the Fosse Way and the River Trent made Newark an important vantage point for fending off Danish raids. The Saxon fortified manor was replaced after 1073 by a motte and bailey earthwork Castle built by Bishop Robert Bloet. Following Bishop Robert’s death in 1123, Alexander the Magnificent, the new Bishop of Lincoln, took charge and between 1123 and 1133 rebuilt the Castle as a prominent stone structure of ornate construction.

Experience the romance and mystery of Newstead Abbey, once home to the notorious poet, Lord Byron. A beautiful historic house set in a glorious landscape of gardens and parkland within the heart of Nottinghamshire. 

Information on opening times, admission charges, directions, disabled access, shop and cafe, plus info for visitors with children and with dogs can be found here.

Thaymar Real Luxury Dairy Ice Cream and Real Fruit Sorbets have been made at Haughton Park Farm since 1988. Thelma and Martin Cheetham found that due to the introduction of milk quotas they were producing too much milk. So with Thelma's passion for good home produced food and Martins diversification idea, Thaymar Real Dairy Ice Cream was born. Over 35 delicious hand made flavours of ice cream and sorbets are now made on the farm.

An amazing family focused All-Weather Park near Mansfield set in 30 acres of beautiful countryside near Sherwood Forest, packed full of thrilling attractions and massive indoor action!

New! New! New! Just blasting in from outer space this galactic indoor zone is another 20,000sq ft. of indoor adventures. It is still growing into a ballistic world of fun and there’s much more to come like the Mutant Master Blaster. First to arrive in their UFO are the green eyed aliens.

Lockwell Hill Activity Centre prides itself in offering a wide variety of tailor made events and activities for Business, Leisure and Pleasure including a karting track. All events and activities shown on this web site are to the highest standard and will give you, your friends and your colleagues, a truly memorable experience that will not only exceed expectations but also suit your budget. Individual and group bookings can be made.

Our Event Management Team has a wealth of experience in creating a truly exhilarating day.

Ahoy there! Watch out for those wicked pirates and all their friends! You’ll never know when you're going to get wet on the BOOZY BARREL BOAT RIDE, and don't forget your bucket and spade for CAPTAIN SANDY’S PLAY COVE.
Journey back in time on the ROBIN HOOD RIDE, meet the outlaws, travel through their hideout, but watch out for the evil Sheriff.
All aboard the ROCKY MOUNTAIN RAILROAD, but hold on to your hats! Those pesky bandits are popping up everywhere.

Set in the heart of Sherwood Forest, Rufford Park Golf and Country Club, is a unique venue with an 18 hole golf course, conference and meeting facilities, and is one of the best wedding venues in Nottinghamshire. The 6368 yard, par 70 golf course is set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland and woodland making it one of the most memorable Nottinghamshire golf clubs. In addition to the course we also have excellent practice and tuition facilities including a 16 bay floodlit driving range.

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